The first step to becoming a volunteer at Memphis Animal Services is attending our Level 1 Volunteer Orientation, which is available in the Conference Link section below as well as on our website. After completing the steps in this 31-minute video orientation, you’ll be ready to join us as a Level 1 Volunteer, meaning you help in a number of ways that don’t involve direct animal handling.
After you’ve officially become a Level 1 Volunteer, if you would like to progress to animal handling, you can attend a Level 2 Dog Handling Course and/or a Level 2 Cat Handling Course, both of which are offered twice monthly (once on Saturday and once on Sunday). These courses are found on our volunteer platform. You must have completed Level 1 Orientation and submitted an application following the instructions in the video to sign up for Level 2 courses.
Level 1 Volunteers are welcome to attend both handling courses if you would like to work with both dogs and cats!
If you are a one-time volunteer or are looking for group opportunities, please check out our website for more information regarding specific opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com.
Teens ages 16-18 are welcome to watch our online orientation here and become a Level 1 Volunteer, which has no direct animal handling. Once they have our Under 18 Waiver signed by a parent or guardian, they can volunteer independently at the shelter.
Kids from ages 12-18 years old are able to attend volunteering sessions with their parents, while following a few simple guidelines:
- Their parents have signed the Under 18 Volunteer Waiver
- Their parents have completed Level 1 or higher volunteer orientation (and only do volunteer activities appropriate for that level)
- Their parents always supervise them and never leave them unattended
- The under-18 volunteer may interact with the pet once the adult volunteer has securely moved the pet to a meet-and-greet area. But the under-18 volunteer may never have control of the pet, i.e. never hold the leash while walking, never take a pet out of or put a pet back in the kennel.